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Carnival Signs Contract for Industry’s First LNG-Powered Cruise Ships

Carnival announced it has signed a multi-billion dollar contract with Meyer Werft to build four megaships with a total capacity of 6,600 guests that will be powered by LNG. The company said two of the ships will be manufactured for AIDA Cruises at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Carnival did not say where the other two ships, which will be built at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Turku, Finland, will be put into service.

The four new ships will be the first in the cruise industry to use LNG in dual-powered hybrid engines to power the ship both in port and on the open sea. LNG will be stored onboard and used to generate 100 percent power at sea.